27/01/2012 14:13 GMT | Updated 27/01/2012 16:52 GMT

Is Arlene Phillips Returning To Strictly Come Dancing?

When Alesha Dixon jumped reality show ships to join Simon Cowell on the Britain's Got Talent panel last month, questions were quickly raised about who would and who should take her place on Strictly Come Dancing.

Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, who was controversially replaced by Alesha on the judging panel, had her name thrown into the ring by fans who wanted to see her reinstated on the BBC ballroom show.

And she added fuel to the fire by thanking her fans for the campaign via Twitter.

Now it appears that the campaign may have made a difference, as The Sun reports Arlene has been in secret talks with BBC bosses.

The paper claims that last week Arlene met with met Mark Linsey, the BBC's Controller Of Entertainment Commissioning.

A source told them: "The idea of her returning to Strictly was discussed."

The Huffington Post UK has contacted Strictly representatives at the BBC to find out if Arlene is being lined up to replace Alesha and when a decision on the judging panel will be made, but at the time of publication no response has been given.

UPDATE: The BBC have now responded to this story, read their reply here.